The Sacred Heart University women's lacrosse team kept its Northeast Conference Tournament hopes alive with a 16-8 win over visiting LIU Brooklyn Friday afternoon at Campus Field. The victory improves the Pioneers to 4-9 overall and 2-3 in league play, while the Blackbirds fall to 3-11 on the season and 1-4 in conference action.
Caitlin Delaney scored 31 seconds into the game as the Pioneers jumped out to a 4-0 lead 7:04 into the contest. The teams traded goals over the next 11 minutes, capped by Delaney's second of the game at the 12:38 mark to give SHU a 6-2 advantage. The Blackbirds scored twice in the final 10:24 of the first-half to send the game to the break with the Pioneers leading 6-4.
Sacred Heart scored the first four goals of the second half as well, with Jesslyn Joseph starting the run 98 seconds into the period, and capping it with 23:57 to play in regulation for the 10-4 advantage. After a Jenn Peters goal for LIU Shelby Vaccaro scored back-to-back goals 1:58 apart as the Pioneers rattled off five consecutive goals to build a 15-5 advantage. The Blackbirds scored three of the final four goals to provide the final 16-8 margin.
Vaccaro scored a game-high five goals in her final home game as a Pioneer, while Joseph finished with four goals. Delaney had two goals, five draw controls, four draw controls and two ground balls in support of the Pioneer effort. Jenna Liljeberg had a goal and three assists, while Alyssa Pearce touched net twice and added an assist.
LIU received hat tricks from Peters, who also added an assist, and Danita Stroup. Jesenia Cantres finished with four ground balls and four caused turnovers, while Tori Shinkowitz had three ground balls. Alexis Maldonaldo made eight saves in net, playing the entire 60 minutes.
Sacred Heart finishes the regular season with a pair of road games, playing at Central Connecticut on April 25th and Bryant April 27th.